Ahimsa Porter Sumchai MD, PD (Stanford Postdoctoral Fellow)

George Donald Porter…and daughter Circa 1965…my father was a masterful source of crazy dad jokes and often referred to me in public as Dr. Sumchai.

Founder, medical director and principal investigator of the Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program, Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai’s leadership in the environmental health and justice movement began on the morning of February 19, 1992 after signing the death certificate of her father — George Donald Porter — a career longshore walking boss and shipping clerk who died prematurely from pulmonary asbestosis.

“We can’t breath” 2007 — Black Lives Matter Founder Alicia Garza cut her teeth mounting over five thousand signatures opposing the impacts of toxic dust emissions generated by the corrupt development activities at a federal Superfund site where Dr. Sumchai’s father spent his career.

Protege of Carlton Benjamin Goodlett, PhD MD, graduate of the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine and Stanford University Department of Surgery Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Sumchai was appointed to head the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Toxic Environmental Registry in 1997, and simultaneously returned home to the neighborhood of her childhood to establish children’s clinics as a physician specialist with the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Dr. Carlton Benjamin Goodlett is depicted prominently in an original pastel watercolor rendition of him created by his loyal secretary Eleanor Ohman. Dr. Goodlett founded one of the earliest medical practices serving San Francisco’s African American community and the newspaper The Sun Reporter. He launched the San Francisco Chapter of the NAACP and led civil rights actions including support of San Francisco State University Black Studies strikers in 1966. Dr. Sumchai served as Editor at Large for the Sun Reporter and was asked to meet with Dr. Goodlett in 1972. He advised her to “go to medical school” and stood next to him when she graduated on May 30, 1981.

Dr. Sumchai joined the Bayview Hunters Point Health & Environmental Assessment Task Force — a community led SFDPH initiative — and the Community First Coalition EJ movements that shuttered the highly polluting PG&E Hunters Point power plant and adopted the highest clean up standards under the federal Superfund law at the Hunters Point Shipyard codified under the November 2000 Proposition P voter initiative.

Elected to the Hunters Point Shipyard Restoration Advisory Board in the immediate aftermath of the August 2000 landfill fire, Dr. Sumchai founded the Radiological Subcommittee and contributed to the enormous task of finalizing the Historical Radiological Assessment.

Dr. Sumchai founded the Hunters Point Shipyard RAB Radiological Subcommittee in August 2001 and actively participated in three iterations of the encyclopedic document that led to its finalization in 2004. The HRA included classified interviews, historical events, mappings and documentation publicly released in 2000.

Dr. Sumchai serves voluntarily as Health & Environmental Science Editor of the SF Bayview Newspaper and on the Board of Directors of the University of California School of Medicine Medical Alumni Association.

Biomonitoring detects pollution in people! HP Biomonitoring launched in January 2019 as the nation’s first human biomonitoring program offering urinary toxic exposure screenings to residents and workers at a federal Superfund site. The toxic exposure test is analyzed by a certified laboratory using the advanced biomedical technology mass spectrometry capable of detecting an “aggregate” of 35 potential toxins collected in two 15cc test tubes with results in 7 to 10 days.

Funded by the David & Lucile Packard Foundation and licensed as a medical screening clinic by the Medical Board of California, HP Biomonitoring is detecting radioactive “biomarkers” of exposure and carcinogenic heavy metals in urinary toxic exposure screenings on Hunters Point residents diagnosed with brain cancer, breast cancer and a list of diseases linked to toxic environmental exposures. The HP Biomonitoring Medical Screening Clinic is located at 5021 3rd Street — less than half a mile from the federal Superfund site.

Urinary toxic exposure screening conducted by HP Biomonitoring on a 35 year old Hunters Point hilltop resident who grew up on Yosemite Avenue adjacent to Yosemite slough and was diagnosed and received 30 rounds of RT after developing neurological symptoms caused by a brainstem glioma. The screening documents a heavy body burden of carcinogenic heavy metals. Gliomas are proven to be induced by prolonged exposure to carcinogenic heavy metals.
Urinary toxic exposure screening conducted on a former elected member of the Hunters Point Shipyard RAB and 20 year owner of a home located within 500 feet of the shipyard historic entry at Palou and Crisp Road. She has undergone surgery for breast cancer, two brain tumors and an ENT doctor recently diagnosed two tumors in both her ears. In 2020 her dog died of a fibrosarcoma of the thigh. Canine fibrosarcomas are known to be induced by exposure to ionizing radiation. The urinary screening detects cesium, gadolinium, nickel, rubidium, thallium, copper, manganese, strontium, vanadium, zinc and magnesium to be above reference range, high normal to floridly toxic.

Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai has received media recognition, awards and commendations for the ground breaking work being conducted by the Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program and is a featured speaker at environmental health and justice events. In 2019 she received the San Francisco Public High Schools Medical Achievement Awarded and in July 2020 was awarded the prestigious KPIX/CBS Jefferson Award — “the local Nobel Prize.”

Awarded the UCSF School of Medicine Medical Alumni of the Year Award in 2021, Dr. Sumchai and a team of colleagues established the Hunters Point Biomonitoring Foundation on March 1, 2021 and have pledged to establish the Hunters Point Community Toxic Registry.

References:

https://www.doximity.com/profiles/29a041bd-2f8f-4433–8972-ab0e21665baa

We Can’t Breathe! Earth Day 2021 https://youtu.be/ifyJxnB78uE

Full List of Contaminants — Hunters Point Shipyard: https//cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad/SiteProfiles/index.cfm?fuseaction+second.contams&id=0902722

Climate Justice: Radioactive and Toxic Waste https://www.youtube.com/watch?y=LllsFKhqG88

https://hunters-point-community-biomonitoring-progam.business.site/

https://emsa.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/71/2019/03/New-EOM-Public-Health-and-Medical-Emergency-Powers-3–15–2019–002.pdf

Corruption Galore! SF Hunters Point TI Radioactive Coverup: https://youtu.be/TL0dy4Jhdl8

Dr. Ahimsa Sumchai and the Hunters Point Shipyard — Up Close & Personal:https://youtu.be/HwSOp6AgPuU

http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download;jsessionid=F75169C0B3D484B46E903CBB96FB9A09?doi=10.1.1.497.4725&rep=rep1&type=pdf

https://foodrevolution.org/blog/heavy-metals/

https://sfbayview.com/2021/01/renewed-call-for-shipyard-excavaton-moratorium-the-legal-legacy-of-harm-to-the-hunters-point-community/

San Francisco Doctor Researches Impact of Toxic Dump on Hunters Point: https://youtu.be/RF_f2nKONzA

Medical Director - Golden State MD Health & Wellness. UCSF/Stanford Author & Researcher. PI HP Biomonitoring. Certified Clinical Nutritionist. PoliticoMD!

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